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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by FireStrings85, Jun 27, 2013.
Anyone recommend a good tent for camping on a motorcycle trip?
I have Alps mystique 1.5 great tent with side cover so you can keep your boots covered outside. Tent pack super small, and really well built, from expriance totally rain proff, and with plenty of ventilation.
While I could certainly recommend some brands, like Sierra Designs, Mountain Hardware, Marmot, Kelty, et cet....
I'd recommend instead just to keep looking on sites like steepandcheap.com
backcountry.com sierratradingpost.com rei.com I bought my Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 for a great price. These are often close-outs, and deals pop up that don't last very long. Just keep looking around. You'll easily find a nice quality tent for a nice price.
What you are looking for is a decent tent with a small packed LENGTH. It's the length of the tent poles that's a serious PITA in most cases.
As others have hinted, not as critical as say backpacking, you don't have to carry the damned thing on your back and most tents will work - I typically go really cheap, but conditions here are usually pretty mild and if it's feral I'll go find a motel or just ride home.
So, the decider for a bike is usually packed size, not weight, but short poles that'll fit nicely on the bike are worth spending $$ on.
As one that has several tents. I would encourage you three things 3 season and free standing. Name brand!
I use the Eureka 3XT which packs small and has enough room for all my gear and me inside if the weather gets bad. I also use the Noah tarp which is great. My next tent will be the Redverz since I am 68 and need my comforts as well as the ability to stand up in the tent.
Good luck in your search. Tents are like opinions, everyone has a different idea of what works for them and that is OK. The whole idea is to enjoy the camping experience.
I can recommend a very simpel Iglu tent:
a) They are cheap
b) They are very easy and quick to pitch
c) They can stay even without pegs on hard ground
Travel save :)
+1 on the SD flashlight
I'm a backpacker and this is one of the most popular tents with us of all time. It can be had for cheap. www.campmor.com
It's simple and relatively light and just works year after year.
If you are just solo camping, still get a 2 man. Then you have room for your gear when it's damp.
Always size for number of people +1 to allow for gear.
Exped Orion 3 for when I bring the Missus.
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum for when I'm by myself.
Both of them are freestanding, ie don't need to be pegged unless windy, pack down real small and easily go up/down in 5 minutes or less.
Only thing I'll add, try to avoid tents where poles have to fish through material to hold the tent. This is often a pia and takes longer to setup. The same tent with clips that clamp on the pole are much easier to deal with.
Clip Flashlight works this way
Are you sure that's not a kite ?:eek1
It's likely a 12x12 Kelta Noah.. Set this up first and you have a shaded and dry area to set up your tent, then sit back and have dinner.
Your signature is awesome!
I knew I had mine wrong. That is what I do and it is what I should not.
I want to pet sweaty things! I want to!!
REI half dome 2 plus
don't forget that you can pack the tent and poles separately . . . . . as pointed out above, the poles are fairly limited in terms of compressibility, but the tent (and fly/footprint) can be packed in a compression sack and made pretty darned small, indeed.
Actually, that's the 9x9, but that's more or less irrelevant. I've been trying to get away from a tent and to a tarp/bivy set up. I've got a bivy, and need to get a tarp still. The Noah's Tarp is a strong contender, although there's another one on Campmor which is a lot cheaper.
I have the 9x9 (for solo runs), and the 12x12 (for group efforts). Both are very good, very small (packed), and very light!
Please do a search on Tents, its been discussed many times already.
My number one recommendation for a the best tent on a motorcycle trip is; the one with the biggest vestibule.
A vestibule where you can store your dirty riding gear, and luggage, while you keep a clean and orderly sleeping area in the main tent. The fly tarps are great if the weather does not cooperate and will provide shade.
look up Hilleberg if you want awesome.